Evangelicals aren't ‘climate deniers’

www.christianpost.com | 6/26/2019 | Staff
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Vijay Jayaraj (M.S., Environmental Science) is the Research Associate for Developing Countries for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

Media - Claim - Churches - Deniers - Anti-scientific

The popular media claim that evangelical churches are climate deniers. They caricature them as anti-scientific and ignorant.

Though many believe this to be a fact, the reality is far from it. Not only are these accusations false, they are illogical. Here is why.

Climate - Denialism

What is Climate Denialism?

Before deciding on whether a church is a climate denier or not, it is critical to shed light on what it means to be a climate denier.

Term - Climate - Denier - Someone - Climate

Not long ago, the term “climate denier” was used to define someone who does not believe in climate change, i.e., one who believes that there has been no change in the climate at all. However, the percentage of people who believe in “no change” was never large and is almost nil today.

Today, the term “climate denier” is used to define those who do not believe in dangerous human-induced climate change, also known as catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW).

People - Warming - Humans - Problems - Environment

These are people who either believe that the warming is not predominantly caused by humans or that it does not pose catastrophic problems to our environment. They are better described as “climate realists” or “climate skeptics.”

In other words, the term “climate denier” now refers to people who believe in climate change but not the hyper-sensationalized version promoted by politicians and Hollywood actors.

Climate - Doomsayers - Term - Mainstream - Media

But the climate doomsayers have used the term coarsely without defining it. Even worse, the mainstream media have made the public believe that skeptics and realists believe in “no change” in climate.

Why then are evangelical churches branded climate deniers?

Churches - Position - Issue - Change

These churches have not taken any position on the issue of climate change. Instead, they appear to be largely neutral.

Nonetheless, doomsayers claim that evangelical Christians’ attitude towards climate change...
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